(173 replies, posted in Life)

May and her ilk's big mistake was not confronting the Brexiloons straight away. Every utterance on the subject and to the EU was in the language and tone of the loons, emboldened they won't back down, so either the Tory remainers back down and let the tory party lurch even further to the right or the party cannot be reconciledl


(2,811 replies, posted in Life)

Sorry to hear that, take care EM.

International football in a nutshell.

Being well organised and playing as a team with a little bit of luck can get you a long way - Costa Rica, Denmark, Portugal, Greece amongst others.

England are well organised and play as a team.

It's small margins at the top, look at the great Spanish team of 2010, they had to scrape through a few games 1-0. This year there are no great teams, the name sides have looked vulnerable.

In line with the above and much like last night it will be tight vs Sweden and will probably come down to who takes one or two of their few reasonable chances.

I will be having a good bet on Sweden, they are 4/1 to win in 90 minutes, England 10/11, yet they will be separated by fine margins. I will put some of my stake on Sweden to qualify to cover my arse.

Some little Russian lass who was spotted singing in russian on bbc 2 one Saturday night, I was 8ish.
Shirley Maclean - still 8ish.
A blonde lass out of Hot Gossip with eyes like Shirley Maclean, now 14ish.


(3,935 replies, posted in Leeds Now)

Torres sounds like 'bull to me.


(13 replies, posted in Football of a non LUFC persuasion)

i read it differently, I read it as his dad will do anything to watch him play and that it's hard on him missing the World Cup games because DR fears for his family's safety if they travel to Russia. The 4am / 7am was an illustration on how keen he is to watch his lad.


(149 replies, posted in Leeds Now)

Whatever you think of Heckingbot it's quite shitty to sack him whilst he's away on a family holiday. It's not as if the season has only just finished.

Oh yes indeed, Ted, I forgot about them.

Shack, the first Pale Fountains single was MH's peak.


(57 replies, posted in Life)

Shit Space, hope your lad pulls through. Take care.

The Jam
The Clash
Although belatedly I do acknowledge the Clash have the odd decent song.


(149 replies, posted in Leeds Now)

Revie in the current climate would have had the crowd on his back in his first season when he almost took us down.

You can imagine the comments pillorying him because he was from Middlesbrough.

Which of Heckingbottom's signings have been shit? Hasn't he got an eye for a player?


(2 replies, posted in Life)

Which is why the 1% have given up and are now taking the piss with both eyes on the future.


(2 replies, posted in Life)

https://www.theguardian.com/environment … re-mention

'We're doomed': Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention
By Patrick Barkham
The 86-year-old social scientist says accepting the impending end of most life on Earth might be the very thing needed to help us prolong it

Patrick Barkham  @patrick_barkham
Thu 26 Apr 2018 05.00 BST

“We’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it takes a moment for the words to sink in. “The outcome is death, and it’s the end of most life on the planet because we’re so dependent on the burning of fossil fuels. There are no means of reversing the process which is melting the polar ice caps. And very few appear to be prepared to say so.”

Hillman, an 86-year-old social scientist and senior fellow emeritus of the Policy Studies Institute, does say so. His bleak forecast of the consequence of runaway climate change, he says without fanfare, is his “last will and testament”. His last intervention in public life. “I’m not going to write anymore because there’s nothing more that can be said,” he says when I first hear him speak to a stunned audience at the University of East Anglia late last year.

From Malthus to the Millennium Bug, apocalyptic thinking has a poor track record. But when it issues from Hillman, it may be worth paying attention. Over nearly 60 years, his research has used factual data to challenge policymakers’ conventional wisdom. In 1972, he criticised out-of-town shopping centres more than 20 years before the government changed planning rules to stop their spread. In 1980, he recommended halting the closure of branch line railways – only now are some closed lines reopening. In 1984, he proposed energy ratings for houses – finally adopted as government policy in 2007. And, more than 40 years ago, he presciently challenged society’s pursuit of economic growth.

When we meet at his converted coach house in London, his classic Dawes racer still parked hopefully in the hallway (a stroke and a triple heart bypass mean he is – currently – forbidden from cycling), Hillman is anxious we are not side-tracked by his best-known research, which challenged the supremacy of the car.

“With doom ahead, making a case for cycling as the primary mode of transport is almost irrelevant,” he says. “We’ve got to stop burning fossil fuels. So many aspects of life depend on fossil fuels, except for music and love and education and happiness. These things, which hardly use fossil fuels, are what we must focus on.”

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While the focus of Hillman’s thinking for the last quarter-century has been on climate change, he is best known for his work on road safety. He spotted the damaging impact of the car on the freedoms and safety of those without one – most significantly, children – decades ago. Some of his policy prescriptions have become commonplace – such as 20mph speed limits – but we’ve failed to curb the car’s crushing of children’s liberty. In 1971, 80% of British seven- and eight-year-old children went to school on their own; today it’s virtually unthinkable that a seven-year-old would walk to school without an adult. As Hillman has pointed out, we’ve removed children from danger rather than removing danger from children – and filled roads with polluting cars on school runs. He calculated that escorting children took 900m adult hours in 1990, costing the economy £20bn each year. It will be even more expensive today.

Our society’s failure to comprehend the true cost of cars has informed Hillman’s view on the difficulty of combatting climate change. But he insists that I must not present his thinking on climate change as “an opinion”. The data is clear; the climate is warming exponentially. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that the world on its current course will warm by 3C by 2100. Recent revised climate modelling suggested a best estimate of 2.8C but scientists struggle to predict the full impact of the feedbacks from future events such as methane being released by the melting of the permafrost.

Hillman believes society has failed to challenge the supremacy of the car.
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Hillman is amazed that our thinking rarely stretches beyond 2100. “This is what I find so extraordinary when scientists warn that the temperature could rise to 5C or 8C. What, and stop there? What legacies are we leaving for future generations? In the early 21st century, we did as good as nothing in response to climate change. Our children and grandchildren are going to be extraordinarily critical.”

Global emissions were static in 2016 but the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was confirmed as beyond 400 parts per million, the highest level for at least three million years (when sea levels were up to 20m higher than now). Concentrations can only drop if we emit no carbon dioxide whatsoever, says Hillman. “Even if the world went zero-carbon today that would not save us because we’ve gone past the point of no return.”

Although Hillman has not flown for more than 20 years as part of a personal commitment to reducing carbon emissions, he is now scornful of individual action which he describes as “as good as futile”. By the same logic, says Hillman, national action is also irrelevant “because Britain’s contribution is minute. Even if the government were to go to zero carbon it would make almost no difference.”

Instead, says Hillman, the world’s population must globally move to zero emissions across agriculture, air travel, shipping, heating homes – every aspect of our economy – and reduce our human population too. Can it be done without a collapse of civilisation? “I don’t think so,” says Hillman. “Can you see everyone in a democracy volunteering to give up flying? Can you see the majority of the population becoming vegan? Can you see the majority agreeing to restrict the size of their families?”

Hillman doubts that human ingenuity can find a fix and says there is no evidence that greenhouse gases can be safely buried. But if we adapt to a future with less – focusing on Hillman’s love and music – it might be good for us. “And who is ‘we’?” asks Hillman with a typically impish smile. “Wealthy people will be better able to adapt but the world’s population will head to regions of the planet such as northern Europe which will be temporarily spared the extreme effects of climate change. How are these regions going to respond? We see it now. Migrants will be prevented from arriving. We will let them drown.”

A small band of artists and writers, such as Paul Kingsnorth’s Dark Mountain project, have embraced the idea that “civilisation” will soon end in environmental catastrophe but only a few scientists – usually working beyond the patronage of funding bodies, and nearing the end of their own lives – have suggested as much. Is Hillman’s view a consequence of old age, and ill health? “I was saying these sorts of things 30 years ago when I was hale and hearty,” he says.

Hillman accuses all kinds of leaders – from religious leaders to scientists to politicians – of failing to honestly discuss what we must do to move to zero-carbon emissions. “I don’t think they can because society isn’t organised to enable them to do so. Political parties’ focus is on jobs and GDP, depending on the burning of fossil fuels.”

Without hope, goes the truism, we will give up. And yet optimism about the future is wishful thinking, says Hillman. He believes that accepting that our civilisation is doomed could make humanity rather like an individual who recognises he is terminally ill. Such people rarely go on a disastrous binge; instead, they do all they can to prolong their lives.

Can civilisation prolong its life until the end of this century? “It depends on what we are prepared to do.” He fears it will be a long time before we take proportionate action to stop climatic calamity. “Standing in the way is capitalism. Can you imagine the global airline industry being dismantled when hundreds of new runways are being built right now all over the world? It’s almost as if we’re deliberately attempting to defy nature. We’re doing the reverse of what we should be doing, with everybody’s silent acquiescence, and nobody’s batting an eyelid.”


The owner is probably called James Wright, Samuel Valentine is just the annoying shite faux olde crafty artisanny wanky name he went for.

Who is Samuel Valentine?


(10 replies, posted in Lower League Dramatics)

That's the one.  Though when i started going, the pictured stand had been considerably tarted up.


(10 replies, posted in Lower League Dramatics)

That's the New Shay Reggie. The Shay now that was old school.


(145 replies, posted in Travel)

Ray Hankin's shorts wrote:

Off up on saturday

Will be off to Bolton Castle so will take up LBB's earlier recommendation of Redmire and its falls

Will also have a tool up The Buttertubs Pass as it's highly recommended by all - can't guarantee I'll have a semi like I Wood but I'll do my best

Will take kids to York too - 8 year old is mad on the Vikings at the moment so will do Jorvik and the National railway Museum plus The Minster and the obligatory Shambles for the Mrs

Looking forward to it as always

An 8 year old in York, it has to include the Castle Museum, or at least it did for 8 year old me, Dick Turpin's cell was the highlight, nowadays it would be 'Dick who?'. No surely the Victorian street  will trump trains for any kid?


(2 replies, posted in Lower League Dramatics)

If Hannah bumps into 'Magic Mike' on Thursday can you ask her to get the team's travel arrangements for Torquay on Saturday. I'm wondering whether Torquay could be worth a bet. I'll put a quid on her H if I she delivers the info.


(8 replies, posted in The OMJ Video Jukebox)

Rip Rig N' Panic - Storm The Reality Asylum, i'm not sure if she sings it or another lass who was in the band, but a cracking vocal ll the same.


(42 replies, posted in Travel)

i lived near the ferry crossings to Morocco for 8 years never fancied it.

All of the advice from everyone who went was get the fuck out of the port town at the first opportunity. Apparently beyond the port it can be worth a visit, the port towns are shit holes.


(28 replies, posted in Match Reports)

It's on Bet365 if you have an account.

No it's not.

Are you sure Philips is on 30.2% and not 30.2 completed passes?


(3 replies, posted in Life)

Sounds like he has suffered a head injury in the associated fall. Poor bugger, that's what did my brother - a fall related to his epilepsy.

Ask William Hills.

C'mon the Halifax lads (the creative half of the band - as if i'd know).